Published May 16, 2023, 9:20 a.m. by Courtney
In this vlog, I'm going to show you how I study languages on a busy day. I'll be using Spanish as an example, but you can apply these tips to any language you're studying.
First, I like to set aside some time in the morning to review my vocab. I'll go through my flashcards and try to remember as many words as possible. If I can't recall a word, I'll look it up and write it down so I can review it later.
Next, I'll watch a few videos in the target language. I like to find videos that are educational, like TED Talks or news clips. This helps me to learn new vocabulary and to get exposure to different accents.
After that, I'll do some listening practice. I'll find a podcast or a song in the target language and just listen to it a few times. I try to focus on understanding what's being said, rather than on translating in my head.
Lastly, I'll write out a short paragraph in the target language. This is just to practice using the grammar and vocab that I've learned.
That's it for this vlog! I hope you found these tips helpful. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below.
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Hello, my dear friends, welcome to my channel.
I'm very happy to receive your comments.
Some of you trust me, ask me questions and ask me for advice on learning languages
Some of you encourage and support me.
I want to let you know your comments are very important for me
so please please feel free to write me comments and
tell me what you want to see on the channel in the future
if you are learning a language or several languages like me
the contents of this video will be useful to you
because in this vlog I will show you my daily Study routine
how I manage time to learn different languages at the same time
even though I have to work during the day and
the different strategies I use to learn different languages.
First, I want to say a couple of things.
I'm going to try to show you the real life of a polyglot
but I prefer to say a language lover.
Honestly, this is not a story of language genius.
I just learned a language like this
After three months I can speak fluently
or even after six weeks.
To be honest, I don't believe in this kind of myth
Of course there are always language geniuses
but that's not my case and that's not the case of most people.
I think it's important to show you the reality.
Learning languages takes time, patience and persistence.
There is no magic.
But believe me, if you have healthy beliefs and confidence on yourself
and use proper methods, you can definitely improve your performance
and progress faster.
Secondly, except for Chinese I keep on learning the other six languages I speak
even for English and French.
I can say that I have a proficient and academic level
I still keep learning.
I always note down the new vocabulary and terms encountered in my work
such as from books, articles, papers, lectures
or even videos
for the other four languages.
I have the hierarchy of these languages Arabic, German, Persian
As you can see from this table, the objective of each language is different
and the time I invest is different as well.
I study languages 4 or 5 hours a day when I have no other activities
like two 3 hours in the morning and two 3 hours
Don't get me wrong.
I don't just learn languages in my life.
I do spend time with my friends.
I know sometimes I am a bit nerdy and a bit obsessed when it comes
to language learning, but I do normal human beings activities
like a hangout, go to a bar restaurant or watch Netflix,
browse on social media.
During the day I have to do my PhD research
So I organize two language learning sessions
a morning session from 6:30 to 9:30.
I call it priority session
the evening session after 07:00p.m.. I call it flexible session.
I put the most important languages like Arabic and German in the morning
because it's kind of obligatory for this session.
I don't change.
I have to do it in the morning before I go to work so that
I can guarantee that I study at least 2 hours of language per day.
But you don't have to copy me.
You can completely be flexible depending on your situation.
2 hours, one or even half an hour is totally fine.
The most important is to make it part of your routine.
As I say in my second video, the persistence is
the secret of learning a language.
If I study in the evening, sometimes I be very tired
because of my work.
Sometimes I have some random plans with my friends.
That's why I call the evening session a flexible session
for languages like Turkish and Persian.
I just learn by interest.
I do it when I don't have other plans in the evening.
For example, if I have to go out with friends or something,
I can do it another day, but I still try to do it
at least two or three times per week.
Now let's take a look at my daily study routine.
I always listen to podcast or news in Arabic during my washing routine
This episode is with a Lebanese chef talking about Lebanese food
I listen to all kinds of subjects
I repeat some words or phrases
Sometimes I talk to the podcaster😂
It is important to imitate the accent
I do two exercises.
First is the reading exercise.
I'm going to read an article like news on aljazeera
a bit complicated subjects like political or military or cultural topics
so I can learn some new vocabulary.
The second exercise is for listening and speaking.
I'm going to watch a video on YouTube.
It could be a standard Arabic or just Syrian or Lebanese dialect
I'm going to choose a short video like three or four minutes
so I can check all vocabulary and repeat with the video
it is a very good way to practice my pronunciation.
It is important to choose a video with CC subtitles in the language you are learning
After 3 hours
French and English are my languages of work
I always listen to podcast or news while cooking and eating
I cook every day, good food gives me good mood
I'm going to study Turkish tonight so I listen to everything in Turkish: songs, podcasts, news, etc.
Now, after dinner, it's time to study a bit Turkish.
I would just only watch a video on YouTube.
There's a channel I really like called Easy Turkish.
I just watch one video and learn some new vocabulary.
I note down the new words
Normally, I take notes on the computer, it's faster. But sometimes I write them down to practice writing
I repeat sentence by sentence
After this exercise, I will review the vocabulary I learned before
I just finished the video in Turkish.
This is my daily study routine.
Now I'm going to take a break.
I'm going to take a shower and read the books or watch a movie.
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